Law Centres call for clarity on EU citizen rights in the UK

Wednesday, December 13th 2017

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Law Centres have joined scores of other organisations and individuals in calling on Michel Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt to clarify the status of groups of EEA nationals in the UK, following the first round Brexit deal agreed last week. 

The scope of the deal, as presented in the Joint Report of the EU and the UK government, raises concerns that it might not comprehensively protect the rights of all EU citizens currently living in the UK.

We have therefore sought assurances about provisions for some citizen groups, including certain family members as well as primary carers of children or dependent adults.

We have also asked for clarifications on a number of issues, including 'lawful residence', work and income thresholds, the requirement for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance and security-related restrictions.

The letters were addressed to Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator and his deputy Sabine Weyand, and to Guy Verhofstadt MEP, chair of the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group and other group members.

The Law Centres Network has endorsed the letter, together with Central England Law Centre and North East Law Centre.

Other endorsers include NGOs such as the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and European homelessness federation FEANTSA; legal practitioners such as barrister Colin Yeo of Garden Court Chambers; and a host of UK and EU legal scholars.

Read the joint letter to the European Commission here.

Read the joint letter to the European Parliament here